Journal Entry to Part 1: Revisiting Ilford XP2 Super Black and White Film.
I still have been testing with Ilford’s XP2 Super black and white film. I guess you can say that I am still trying to find the look that I remember from the very first time I used this film.
According to the Digitaltruth App the processing time for Ilford XP2 Super and Ilfosol 3 developer is 21 minutes, but I remember clearly that I had not processed the film for that length of time, but I had done it anyway with my first few sessions as the App has never failed me yet.
When I reviewed the results I found the contrast to be way to strong for my liking and so I dug into some of my old notes and found that I had in fact processed the film in Ilfosol 3 for 6 1/2 minutes. This information was retrieved from a blog post that I had read on this exact topic back then and to be even more exact, the developing times that was experimented with were between 5 1/2 minutes to 6 1/2 minutes, all depending on the developer that was being used.
Ilfosol 3 was not one of the developers that was being tested, but I used the time of 6 1/2 minutes as a general starting point for myself because times for Ilfosol 3 developer did not exist at that time.
Overall I found these results to be better but they are still a little hot for me which brought me to a third test which I will share with you soon.